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World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event Begins Jan. 12

WSOP Circuit

The ninth stop of the 2012/2013 World Series of Poker Circuit presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof recently kicked off at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, featuring 12 ring events. This weekend, PokerNews will be providing live coverage of the $1,675 Main Event. But before that event gets under way, we'll take a look back at the events that have already concluded at the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino.

Among the tournaments already in the books is Event #5 $585 No-Limit Hold’em, which attracted 157 entries to create a prize pool of $78,500. After two days of play, Nathan Bjerno, who was playing in just his second WSOP Circuit event ever, emerged victorious to claim the gold ring and accompanying $21,180 first-place prize.

Bjerno, 24, managed to dominate the final table and finish off his opponents in 150 minutes, well shy of the 6.5-hour average of WSOP Circuit final tables. One of those opponents, WSOP Circuit ring winner Alex Bylicki, finished in fourth; and another ring winner, Jason Coon, missed out on the final table by just one spot when he was eliminated in tenth place.

Here’s what the WSOP had to say about Bjerno, a semiprofessional poker player originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who now lives in California:

“Even though he knocked out few opponents until the very end, Bjerno was the beneficiary of a couple of key hands that kept him out of the danger zone. He made a full house on his final hand, which guaranteed the victory. Zachary Fahmie finished as the runner-up. Bjerno is a semi-professional poker player. He plays part time, but does take the game very seriously. Prior to the events of Black Friday, Bjerno was mostly an online player. Now, he plays some live games and perhaps only two to three tournaments each month. Last year, Bjerno enjoyed a big break when he won six figures in a major tournament held in Los Angeles. He's kept most of that money, due largely to a patient approach to the game and a great amount of personal discipline.”

“Bjerno admits that he's not sure what direction he'll go in life. He says poker is working out well, but, at the same time, has no illusions that life as a professional poker player is either automatic or easy. To the contrary. Bjerno seems content to take everything one day at a time. And this was a very good day. This tournament produced one of the more interesting finales of the series. The final table included an eclectic mix of players. Two golf professionals, three Canadians, and two females made up the motley crew. All that was missing was a partridge in a pear tree.”

Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino events completed thus far:

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65273$81,900

Clark Harney, winner of Event #1.
Clark Harney, winner of Event #1.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Clark HarneyNewhall, CA$19,660
2Chad BruhnTempe, AZ$12,145
3Jordan CristosPalmdale, CA$8,815
4Kristin WeeksCrandall, TX$6,505
5Kent KeilholtzOrange, CA$4,873
6Amir GhazvinianReseda, CA$3,715
7Robert McVeighHuntington Beach, CA$2,875
8Stephen RiveraNorthridge, CA$2,260
9Robert LundinLancaster, CA$1,805

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #2 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80167$83,500

Wendy Freedman, winner of Event #2.
Wendy Freedman, winner of Event #2.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Wendy FreedmanSan Francisco, CA$22,545
2Tom MasinterDublin, CA$13,935
3William SteffinLos Angeles, CA$10,030
4Sam BarnhartLittle Rock, AR$7,350
5Mark YamamotoMonterey Park, CA$5,485
6Michael NooriTarzana, CA$4,160
7Matthew WeberSacramento, CA$3,210
8Savino NunezFirebaugh, CA$2,520
9Ryan RiessEast Lansing, MI$2,010

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65723$216,900

David Yoon, winner of Event #3.
David Yoon, winner of Event #3.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1David YoonLos Angeles, CA$43,340
2Daniel SchunkSanta Monica, CA$26,745
3Kent KeilholtzOrange, CA$19,715
4Rod DinglerTemecula, CA$14,695
5Barbara EnrightHollywood, CA$11,100
6Chris RoulierBurbank, CA$8,490
7Richard MunroSherman Oaks, CA$6,580
8Julie DangRosemead, CA$5,160
9Min SoFederal Way, WA$4,095

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #4 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65198$59,400

Amir Ghazvinian, winner of Event #4.
Amir Ghazvinian, winner of Event #4.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Amir GhazvinianReseda, CA$15,440
2Oscar ZavalaBakersfield, CA$9,540
3Stephen ElliottTri-Cities, WA$6,890
4Nathan BradyChino, CA$5,060
5George MosherRiverside, CA$3,780
6Hung BuiIrvine, CA$2,870
7Cludo GeorgiadisValley Village, CA$2,220
8Trevor DeeterPhiladelphia, PA$1,740
9Daku OgawaLos Angeles, CA$1,390

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #5 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80157$78,500

Nathan Bjerno, winner of Event #5.
Nathan Bjerno, winner of Event #5.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Nathan BjernoCorona, CA$21,180
2Zachary FahmieLas Vegas, NV$13,100
3Jason TullossArlington Heights, IL$9,430
4Alex BylickiVancouver, BC, Canada$6,910
5Lily NewhouseMiddletown, PA$5,155
6Thomas BecksteadTemecula, CA$3,910
7Clark McKayPrince Albert, SK, Canada$3,020
8Damien LeforcesBellflower, CA$2,370
9Justine RodersRichland, WA$1,890

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65193$57,900

Michael Taylor, winner of Event #6.
Michael Taylor, winner of Event #6.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Michael TaylorChandler, AZ$15,050
2Stephen RiveraNorthridge, CA$9,300
3David PecaskiVancouver, BC, Canada$6,715
4Michael QuickTorrance, CA$4,930
5Daniel IllingworthCarlsbad, CA$3,685
6Jose MarcalThousand Oaks, CA$2,800
7Shaun AbkarianLa Verne, CA$2,165
8Alan J. HeVancouver, BC, Canada$1,700
9Daniel GilmerAshland, OH$1,355

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #7 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$125157$157,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Raymond HensonHouston, TX$42,390
2Everett CarltonSt. Paul, MN$26,195
3Jason LeetMiami, FL$18,855
4Derrick YamadaSacramento, CA$13,820
5Shawn DanielsWayne, PA$10,310
6Simon SamanoGonzales, CA$7,825
7Michael NiaCalabasas, CA$6,040
8Pogos SimityanGlendale, CA$4,735
9Mack LeeLos Angeles, CA$3,775

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #8 Omaha Eight or Better

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65177$53,100
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Stephen GibbsOntario, CA$14,350
2Larry SiegelGlendale, CA$8,860
3Marshall RagirLos Angeles, CA$6,380
4James ManningWaco, TX$4,675
5Greg DinkinN/A$3,485
6Dale BeaudoinLas Vegas, NV$2,645
7Gioi LuongWestminster, CA$2,040
8Tony PhanTucson, AZ$1,600
9Michael NooriTarzana, CA$1,280

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #9 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65212$63,600
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Alex MasekSan Diego, CA$15,905
2William FagerbakkeTopanga, CA$9,825
3Jason TullossArlington Heights, IL$7,150
4Keith RogersLos Angeles, CA$5,290
5Brian GormanLos Angeles, CA$3,975
6Jose FrancoSanta Ana, CA$3,030
7Jim HoffLos Angeles, CA$2,345
8William LeffingwellTyler, TX$1,845
9Anselmo VillarrealGreenfield, WI$1,470

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Champion is undetermined. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. Here's a look at the players who have qualified:

National Championship Qualifiers

PlayerQualified
Jonathan ChehanskeHarrah’s Rincon Main Event Champion
Valentin VornicuHarrah’s Rincon Casino Champion
Adam TeasdaleHarrah’s Atlantic City Main Event Champion
Brandon FishHarrah’s Atlantic City Casino Champion
Cary MarshallHarveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Champion
Daniel GilmerHarveys Lake Tahoe Casino Champion
John CrncicRiver Rock (Vancouver) Main Event Winner
Sandra WongRiver Rock (Vancouver) Casino Champion
Josh WilliamsHorseshoe Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner
Mike LeahHorseshoe Hammond Casino Champion
Dan HeimillerHorseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner
Jonathan TaylorHorseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion
Quan NguyenBossier City Casino Champion
Jeff GibralterBossier City Main Event Champion
Kyle CartwrightIP Biloxi Main Event Winner
Cory WoodIP Biloxi Casino Champion

In addition to the qualifiers, players who earn enough points on the National Leaderboard will be able to buy in to the National Championship:

WSOPC National Leaderboard Top Ten*

PlayerPointsRingsCashedEarnings
Rex Clinkscales167.507$38,368
Yossi Azulay165012$79,218
Charles “Woody” Moore15007$46,997
Caufman Talley142.525$82,963
Aaron Massey142.515$55,252
Carter Myers12516$49,713
Donna Delfin112.513$26,908
Ashly Butler112.514$25,415
Ari Engel10514$68,762
Trevor Deeter10516$33,098

*Entering the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino stop.

Here's a look at the remaining schedule for the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit:

DateEvent Location
Jan. 10-21, 2013Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
Jan. 24 - Feb. 4, 2013Harrah’s Tunica (Mississippi)
Feb. 7-18, 2013Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)
Feb. 14-25, 2013Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
Feb. 28 - March 11, 2013Caesars Atlantic City
March 14-25, 2013Horseshoe Cleveland
March 27 - April 8, 2013Foxwoods (Connecticut)
April 4-15, 2012Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 11-April 22, 2013Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)
April 25 - May 6, 2013Harrah’s Philadelphia
May 9 - May 20, 2013Harrah’s New Orleans
May 21-23, 2013Harrah’s New Orleans (National Championship)

For more information on the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit season, visit WSOP.com. Also, be sure to follow our live updates from the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino in our Live Reporting Section.

*Photos courtesy of WSOP.com.

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